With Purpose – Projects in Nepal
“A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Lydia Vocational Training Centre is committed to equipping underprivileged young women in Nepal with the essential life skills, literacy, numeracy, vocational and coping skills to lead productive, economically independent lives and serve as leaders in their communities.
Every year two groups of approximately 25 women affected by varying degrees of social, religious, educational and economic hardship spend 5 months in residence at Lydia immersed in an intensive program developing competencies designed to empower and equip them to overcome their circumstances, master sewing as a marketable skill and serve as career mentors to other women they encounter. In addition to sewing they learn to play musical instruments, develop confidence in public speaking, and acquire basic skills in health care and health education. At graduation each woman receives a sewing machine. In return she commits to passing along her sewing skills to five other women in her community. In this way skills and information are quickly and efficiently disseminated through remote communities and across a variety of physical and cultural barriers. Your visit to Lydia will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to all members of this vibrant sustainable learning community.